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Women's Hoops

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August 6, 2006 at 12:02 PM

One for the nose

Sue Bird laughed when told her broken beak could go down in history as the WNBA Greatest Moment. Bird already won for best assists and fans are currently voting on “Greatest Inspirational Moment,” which includes Bird’s 2004 championship run where she broke her nose in Game 2 against Minnesota, but didn’t miss a game despite surgery, averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 assists while wearing a facemask.
“It’s interesting that people consider that a great moment,” Bird said. “It was tough to play the [Western] Conference Final game [against Sacramento] after surgery. Breaking a nose is not the same as breaking a limb, but to have surgery and then play was by far one of the toughest things I’ve had to go through mentally and physically. So, for that to be on there is pretty cool.”
If Bird wins in this category, she’ll have two candidates for the overall greatest WNBA moment, a marketing campaign to help celebrate the league’s 10th season.
Bird broke her nose again in 2005, also injuring her right orbital bone from an inadvertent elbow from teammate Lauren Jackson, who was grabbing a rebound. Bird said her teeth on the right side of her mouth still don’t feel the same when she eats or touches them.

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